Good gosh, is it really a whole month since the last instalment of Big Finish Folly? I guess that means we’re officially On Hiatus, just like the Sixth Doctor found himself when the BBC (and the revisionist Michael Grade – “I did it for its own good, not because I hated SF & Colin Baker”¹ – yeah, right…) had a hissy fit in ’85. Oh the timing…
Never fear, however. Just because I’m spreading myself far too thin between different projects doesn’t mean that BFF won’t get started up again. I’ll be back before you know it.
Meanwhile, to keep you company, here’s a random picture of a troll. This one thinks it’s Nick Drake. Strange thing.
¹Note to lawyers: that’s not a direct quote; that’s a summing-up of a paragraph at this page.
That was a short year, though technically of course there is no such thing. But it definitely raced by for me. And as always, there were plenty of plus and minus points. I’ll ignore those negatives that revolve around the continued piecemeal destruction of education, culture, health and democracy in general by those over-privileged and hypocritical bastards in Westminster, otherwise this will be a bloody long post indeed (and although calling David Cameron an inbred piece of llama shit is edifying, it doesn’t help me finish any of my ongoing projects).
So instead, here’s a randomised list of things that happened to me, for good or ill, over the last 12 months. It is by no means complete – like the politicians, some mouth-breathers aren’t worth mentioning by name. More positively, of a slew of genre-related Xmas gifts, here’s an absolute gem, off to yer right… Read the rest of this entry
Big Finish Folly, Part 55a – 1963: The Space Race, by Jonathan Morris
Vostok 7 was an eight day manned flight that was originally planned for the last quarter of 1963. Opposition by the Soviet Ministry of Defence led to it being cancelled, only to be resurrected and scheduled for June 1964. Finally all further Vostok flights were cancelled in favor of the multi-manned Voskhod in February 1964. But there’s more to the story than that – as the Doctor and Peri discover when they arrive in Kazakhstan in November ’63, just in time to witness Vostok 7′s return to the Earth. Get ready for espionage, murder, black holes, and an American base on the dark side of the moon… and a shocking discovery that the Doctor is not going to Laika… Read the rest of this entry
Big Finish Folly, Part 86 – The Sandman, by Simon A Forward
The Clutch – a travelling, interstellar market. Thousands of starships linked together in an ever-shifting mass, watched over by the nomadic Galyari. But the Galyari have a secret: The Sandman, an ancient, terrible foe who eats their young, takes their skins, and who threatens to destroy them all. And, wouldn’t you know it, here he comes now, laughing, baiting, in his coat of far too many colours… hello, Doctor… Read the rest of this entry